With New England experiencing an unusually warm fall, now is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Maine, from the gorgeous coastline to its plentiful mountains and lakes. Maine is certainly one of our favorite states to visit in the winter and summer, but autumn is when its glorious colors really shine. So forget the half-marathon or those destination races, trade in your running shoes for hiking boots and take the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenge.
There are thousands of miles of hiking trails in Maine, for beginner to experts. From scenic day hiking past waterfalls to adventurous backpacking trips through the mountains to fun hiking options for kids, there truly is a trail for everyone seeking outdoor adventure.
But for those that want a challenge and like to turn a vacation into an adventure, the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit offers the perfect itinerary for a hiking vacation. This six-mountain hiking challenge in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine includes: Mount Kineo, Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain. Each mountain offers its own panoramic views from every corner of the region.
Six Hikes in Maine – Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit
- Mount Kineo – located in the middle of Moosehead Lake, Mount Kineo has a 763-foot sheer cliff. You can see one of the world’s largest masses of rhyolite, a light-colored volcanic rock. This is a 3.8 mile round trip hike with a 737′ ascent. You will need to take a 10-minute ferry from Rockwood Town Landing to Kineo.
- Number Four Mountain – this trail begins off the privately-owned, but publicly accessible Meadow Brook Road. There is a parking area just past the trailhead on the right. This is a 3.3 mile round trip hike with a 1373′ ascent.
- Whitecap Mountain – Whitecap is nearly about an hour north of Greenville and is one of the longer hikes at 6.5 miles roundtrip and a 1909′ ascent.
- Eagle Rock – Eagle Rock is the longest hike, at 6.8 miles round trip and an ascent of 897′.
- Big Moose Mountain – close to Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain is 4 miles round trip with a 1647′ ascent.
- Borestone Mountain – Borestone Mountain is also a Maine Audubon sanctuary, so no dogs are allowed on this trail and a small fee is charged seasonally at the Welcome Center. This is a 3.5 mile round trip with a 962′ ascent.
Hikers that finish all six hikes become registered members of the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit — and also earn massive bragging rights. There are even three additional badges to collect: Ultra, Winter, and Winter Ultra. To register for the challenge, or to download the trail guide, visit http://mooseheadpinnaclepursuit.com.
The Moosehead Lake region is home to Maine’s largest lake. Moosehead Lake is 40 miles long and 20 minutes wide. As the name suggests, in addition to its beautiful views, it is also an ideal location to spot moose. During the “Moosemania” festival in the spring, you may see hundreds of moose. Guides are also available to lead moose safaris. In addition to hiking, visitors to the Moosehead Lake region can enjoy fishing and camping, or in the winter they can take part in dog sledding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Greenville is the region’s largest town, offering inn or bed & breakfast accommodation options. But the truly adventurous may want to have a seaplane ferry them to a remote campsite.
So are you ready to lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trails? With so many trails to choose from in Maine, you can mix hiking with a visit to the coast, mountains, or lakes. If you take the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenge, please drop me a line and let me know how it goes so I can cheer you on!
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